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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
I Am: A Novel Approach to the Gospel of Jesus Christ by Jonathan E Ruopp Sr. is a creative and heartwarming rendition of the story of Jesus and his mission in the form of a novel. In a chronological manner, the author writes the story of Jesus, starting with the myth of creation and the image of the word that was at the beginning, the word that was with God, and the word that became incarnate: Jesus. The narrative moves on with the work of prominent figures like Zechariah and the prophecy and then the Immaculate Conception, then the signs from the heavens, through the birth of Jesus and his life’s work. We follow Jesus, the son of God, through the hardships of life, as Mary journeys to Egypt to shield him from the wrath of Herod, then his public life, and some of the key moments of his life, including the crucifixion, the resurrection and his appearance to the disciples after that.
I studied in the seminary so I am very familiar with the Gospels, which I still read every day, but I fell in love with this inspirational novel based on historical facts and the scriptures. The story doesn’t just introduce readers to Jesus but entertains them equally. The narrative is filled with biblical allusions and it is written in a contemporary style. It is filled with religious themes — the fall of man, the Mercy and Goodness of God, Redemption, and discipleship. While Jonathan E Ruopp Sr. sets out to entertain readers, he also provides powerful insights into Jesus's work. There is so much in this book for readers, including spiritual guidance, an understanding of the life and mission of Jesus, and powerful hints of history. I Am: A Novel Approach to the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a gift of faith and a story that inspires faith in the reader; it is well-crafted and compelling.